Fantasy Basketball: Week 9 Schedule

Dec 18, 2009

Here’s a look at the Week 9 NBA schedule.

Four Games
Cleveland Cavaliers:  @PHX, @SAC, @LAL, vs. HOU
LeBron owners have to be drooling. Mo Williams is the other must-start. With the four-game schedule, feel free to use the Cavs big men (Ilgauskas, Shaq & Varejao)

Houston Rockets:   vs. LAC, @ORL, @NJ, @CLE
Luis Scola, Aaron Brooks, Trevor Ariza, and Carl Landry are bona fide fantasy starters. Shane Battier can be used because he contributes in every category. Tracy McGrady isn’t quite ready to contribute.

Indiana Pacers:  vs. MIL, @BOS, vs. ATL, @MIA
Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy are your best bets. Dahntay Jones has stumbled a bit, but could be worth a gamble on. Same goes with the inconsistent Roy Hibbert and T.J. Ford.

Los Angeles Clippers:   @SA, @HOU, @PHX, vs. BOS
Use your regular Clippers (Kaman, Gordon, Camby, Baron, Thornton). Rasual Butler is a low-end flex option.

San Antonio Spurs:  vs. LAC, vs. POR, @MIL, @NY
Start your regular Spurs. You can plug in Matt Bonner if you’re looking for three-pointers. George Hill and Roger Mason are low-end flex options.

Three Games
Atlanta Hawks
:  @MIN, @DEN, @IND
For sure use the Hawks’ top four (Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Jamal Crawford). Mike Bibby and Marvin Williams are decent flex options.

Boston Celtics:  vs. IND, @ORL, @LAC
Use the starters. Ignore the rest.

Chicago Bulls:  vs. SAC, @NY, vs. NO
Use Deng, Noah, and Rose for sure. John Salmons is a decent option as well.

Dallas Mavericks:  vs. POR, vs. MEM, @DEN
Use your typical Mavs (Dirk, Kidd, Marion, Terry). If Josh Howard is healthy, feel free to use him. Erick Dampier is a good source for boards and blocks. Jose Juan Barea is coming on as a flex-options, especially if you need assists.

Denver Nuggets:  vs. ATL, @POR, vs. DAL
Melo, Billups, J.R. Smith, and Nene are natural choices. Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen are good options for boards and blocks.

Detroit Pistons:  @CHA, vs. TOR, @TOR
Rip is back so he can be used along with Rodney Stuckey, and Villanueva. If Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince and/or Wil Bynum are healthy enough to go, they should be considered.

Golden State Warriors:   @MEM, @NO, vs. PHX
The Warriors are another banged up team. Use Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette. Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow, C.J. Watson, and Stephen Curry are options.

Los Angeles Lakers:   vs. OKC, vs. CLE, @SAC
You know the drill with the Lakers. Kobe, Bynum, Ron Ron, Odom, and Gasol. Nobody else.

Miami Heat:  vs. UTA, @NY, vs. IND
Dwyane Wade, Michael Beasely, and Jermaine O’Neal are your top choices. Quentin Richardson, Mario Chalmers, and Udonis Haslem are options.

Milwaukee Bucks:  @IND, vs. WAS, @SA
Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut are your lock and load choices. You can also use Luke Ridnour, Ersan Ilyasova, and Carlos Delfino. Hakim Warrick has faded a bit.

Minnesota Timberwolves:  vs. ATL, @NJ, vs. WAS
Use Big Al, Johnny Flynn, and Kevin Love. Ryan Gomes and Corey Brewer are solid options as well.

New York Knicks:  vs. CHI, vs. MIA, vs. SA
It looks like Al Harrington, David Lee, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Larry Hughes and Chris Duhon are the key members of the rotation right now. Anyone else is a risk.

Oklahoma City Thunder:  @LAL, @PHX, vs. CHA
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Jeff Green are you locks. James Harden is a spotty play.

Orlando Magic:  vs. UTA, vs. HOU, vs. BOS
Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, and Rashard Lewis are no-brainers. Jason Williams is a decent source for three-pointers and assists.

Phoenix Suns:  vs. CLE, vs. OKC, vs. LAC, @GS
Steve Nash, Amar’e, Jason Richardson, Grant Hill and Channing Frye are your best bets. Jared Dudley has been playing well of late.

Portland Trail Blazers:  @DAL, @SA, vs. DEN
Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Andre Miller are the reliable choices. Martell Webster is up and down. Joel Pryzbilla can get you boards and blocks.

Sacramento Kings:   @CHI, vs. CLE, vs. LAL
I’d only trust Tyreke Evans, Jason Thompson, and Beno Udrih.

Utah Jazz:  @ORL, @MIA, vs. PHI
Roll with Boozer, Deron Williams, and Mehmet Okur. If he’s healthy, Andrei Kirilenko is a high risk, high reward play.

Washington Wizards:  vs. PHI, @MIL, @MIN
Use Jamison, Agent Zero, Caron Butler, and Brendan Haywood.

Two Games
Charlotte Bobcats:  vs. DET, @OKC
Only trust Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson. Use Felton if you are desperate for assists. Leave Diaw on the bench.

Memphis Grizzlies:  vs. GS, @DAL
You can still use Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, O.J. Mayo, and Marc Gasol. Only use Conley if you are hurting for assists.

New Jersey Nets:  vs. MIN, vs. HOU
Brook Lopez and Devin Harris are your best bets. Chris Douglas-Roberts and Courtney Lee are possibilities.

New Orleans Hornets:  vs. GS, @ CHI
Chris Paul, David West, and Emeka Okafor are your no-brainers. Peja Stojakovic is a good option for three-pointers.

Philadelphia 76ers:  @WAS, @UTA
Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, and Samuel Dalembert are your best bets. Elton Brand is a decent option, but leave Allen Iverson (knee) on your bench.

Toronto Raptors:   @DET, vs. DET
Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, and Hedo Turkoglu are you no-brainers. If Jose Calderon is healthy, you can plug him in. If not, Jarrett Jack is an option.

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